What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is a form of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) modified to treat a range of mental health conditions including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) but not limited to this (Grohol, 2020). DBT treatment may be an effective treatment for adolescents with repetitive self-harming behaviour (Mehlum et al., 2019).

DBT involves four main therapy modules: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation.

The goal of DBT is to move towards a more meaningful and less-distressing life. One recent article found DBT Skills training is effective in improving mindfulness and distress tolerance (Zeifman, Boritiz, Labishh & McMain, 2020).

Principal Psychologist Jen has experience in DBT-informed therapy including DBT skills.

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Grohol, J. (2020). An Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 5, 2020, from

Mehlum, L., Ramleth, R. K., Tørmoen, A. J., Haga, E., Diep, L. M., Stanley, B. H., ... & Grøholt, B. (2019). Long term effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy versus enhanced usual care for adolescents with self‐harming and suicidal behavior. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60(10), 1112-1122.

Zeifman, R. J., Boritz, T., Barnhart, R., Labrish, C., & McMain, S. F. (2019). The independent roles of mindfulness and distress tolerance in treatment outcomes in dialectical behavior therapy skills training. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.